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The Road That Built the Nation

The Road That Built the Nation

  • Washington County, Maryland's transportation history played a vital role in the expansion of the United States. The Historic National Road (HNR) enabled goods to be transported from Baltimore to points West, and the C&O Canal was dug to help move goods by boat to and from Washington, D.C., and Western Maryland. Many early railroad lines were linked into Hagerstown and it earned the moniker Hub City.